Along with directors Carol Papillon and Amy LaFalce, all 16 Virginia Tech dietetic interns visited state legislators at the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Legislative Day in Richmond. Speakers included Virginia First Lady Dorothy MacAuliffe, who spoke about the collaborative role in overcoming child hunger, and Sandy Curwood, the new director of School Nutrition Programs. Two interns also attended the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Legislative Day.
Vivica Kraak has been awarded a 2017 Fulbright Scholar Award to teach and conduct research on food policy and nutrition in Denmark. Kraak will spend four months in Copenhagen at the Metropolitan University College, where she will be a visiting professor for the college’s undergraduate global nutrition and health degree. She will also spend her time in the Nordic country researching sodium reduction in the nation’s food supply.
The 2017 Summer Hepler Fellowship students, faculty mentors, and their research focus:
Bailey Houghtaling (Elena Serrano)
Rural and urban food-retailer willingness to alter the food environment in promotion of healthful food and beverage purchases for low-income consumers
Jing Luo (Dongmin Liu)
Novel role of GPR30 in adipogenesis
Olivia Privitera (Brenda Davy)
Influence of a high-fat diet on delayed discounting, reward responses, and dietary cognitive restraint